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Brush fire off Mile Hill Road contained

LACONIA — Firefighters, assisted by crews from Belmont and Gilford, spent two hours quelling a brush fire in a wooded area off Mile Hill Road early Monday afternoon.

Originally Belmont firefighters were dispatched to investigate reports of smoke seen from multiple fire towers. At 12:46 p.m. Laconia firefighters were called to an outside fire, which proved to be the source of the smoke reported from the towers. Firefighters found a fast moving fire in wooded terrain that posed no immediate threat to buildings Crews from Laconia, Belmont and Gilford brought the fire after it burnt between two and three acres.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 01:44

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Drug arrest results from DWI stop

SANBORNTON — Police have charged a Nashua man with driving while intoxicated, possession of controlled drugs, possession of drugs in a motor vehicle and possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle — all after a traffic stop Saturday night.

Chief Stephen Hankard said Stephen West, 60, was driving a 2014 GMC pickup on Route 127 near Burleigh Hill Road when he was stopped by an officer on patrol who suspected West was driving under the influence of alcohol.

After his arrest, an inventory search was conducted prior to towing of West's truck and the officer allegedly found a glass pipe consistent with one typically used to smoke crack cocaine.

The search was stopped, the vehicle impounded and a warrant was obtained to continue the search, during which police found hypodermic needles, narcotic prescription drugs, more drug paraphernalia and a loaded .22 magnum revolver.

West has been released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the 6th Circuit Court, Franklin Division on May 18.

Hankard said the Tilton police assisted Sanbornton with the arrest and the investigation is ongoing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 01:42

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Former New Hampton daycare owner pleads 'no contest' to reckless conduct charge

NEW HAMPTON — A former daycare owner pleaded nolo contendre (no contest) yesterday in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division to one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Ann Mitchell, the former owner of Annie's Place-Children's Learning Center was found guilty by Judge Jim Carroll and sentenced to one year of probation. She was fined $2,000 — all of which was suspended for two years pending good behavior. Mitchell was also ordered to complete 30 hours of community service within three months.

In March of 2014, and during an unannounced visit by the N.H. Child Care Licensing Unit, inspectors found children as young as 8-months-old placed in cribs under four-corner fitted sheets to get them to sleep at nap time.

One 12-month old was placed in a "pack and play" so tightly one the top of her head was showing.

After an investigation, Mitchell was charged with one felony count of child endangerment but she agreed to plead "nolo" to a reduced charge of reckless conduct for her action of placing a fitted sheet over one child.

A nolo contendre plea means the accused chooses not to contest the charges. If accepted by a judge, those pleas are typically used instead of guilty pleas if there collateral issues like a potential civil suit.

In Mitchell's case, Carroll accepted the plea without much enthusiasm, but said he understood.

Annie's Place was closed by the licensing board and Carroll also ordered Mitchell to obey any restrictions placed on her by it. She is also ordered to stay away from five of her name victims and their families who will not be identified by The Daily Sun.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 01:39

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LRCC Breaks Ground for $3.3M automotive technology building (562 w/cut slugged lrccbreaksground

LACONIA — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning for the newest addition to Lakes Region Community College campus, a 13,000-square-foot, $3.3 million automotive technology building.
College president Dr. Scott Kalicki said that the new building has been in the works for 10 years and will help the college strengthen its award-winning automotive program. He pointed out that one of the General Motors cars which were lined up as a backdrop for the groundbreaking was a new Chevrolet Corvette which was won for the college by LRCC General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (GM ASEP) graduate, Neal Foster, at the National SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City last year.
''LRCC has been an award-winning GM ASEP program for many, many years," said Kalicki. "Excellence is portrayed by Professors Michael Parker, Jamie Decato, and Dave Perkins, who assisted Foster in obtaining the knowledge and skills to win in Kansas City. GM recognized LRCC's GM ASEP program by awarding the new Corvette based on Foster's gold medal."
Kalicki said that the new, larger facility will also enable the college to increase its in-service training for local automotive technicians and will have 17 lifts which will help provide the kind of training students in the automotive technology program need.
The 7,100-square-foot space that will be vacated once the auto programs moves next door is earmarked for future use by the culinary program, although LRCC will first undertake design work ahead of any request for funds to do the renovations necessary to re-purpose this space. In the meantime the program will continue to operate at its present home at Canterbury Shaker Village, where LRCC operates classes and a restaurant.
He said that the ultimate goal is to return the culinary program to the campus once a commercial-grade kitchen is built.
The new building represents the first phase of the automotive technology addition according to Kalicki. He said that a second phase, which will cost abut $1.25 million, will see classrooms, offices and a showroom constructed.
Kalicki said that plans for the college to become home in the not too distant future to a mobile diesel technology program, which teaches students to diagnose, service, and repair diesel-powered trucks and equipment, are currently on hold.
Last year it was reported that the program, currently located at White Mountain Community College in Berlin, is operating at less than full capacity and is losing in excess of $100,000 a year, due mainly to the reluctance of students to travel that far north.
Last year a 2016-17 capital budget approved by the system's Board of Trustees included a $5 million appropriation for the new heavy equipment/marine/small engine building on the LRCC campus. The program will not move to Laconia until a capital appropriation has been made by the Legislature.
Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) Chancellor Dr. Ross Gittell also took part in a groundbreaking. He said that the students and the state will benefit from the project, which is one of the many ways in which the community college system partners with local communities.

 

CAPTION: Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Academic Affairs Vice President Tom Goulette; college President Dr. Scott Kalicki; Automotive Department Chair Michael Parker; and Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) Chancellor Dr. Ross Gittell took part in a groundbreaking for LRCC's new 13,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Automotive Technology Building Tuesday morning.
(Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 01:34

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